TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Children rallied alongside state officials, raising awareness of child abuse prevention. Reports of suspected abuse in Kansas increased 50 percent in the last decade.
Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary, Phyllis Gilmore helped area kids plant pinwheels.
"Just knowing each other better and not feeling isolated as we often do and that's another way parents don't feel so overwhelmed. Children know they have friends they can go to if they're being abused," said Gilmore.
Brownback signed a proclamation designating April as child abuse prevention month in Kansas.
The ceremony is a way to acknowledge the children who have been abused and to come up with solutions to stop it from happening.